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Electrocatalytic Process For Carbon Dioxide Conversion

United States Patent Application

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An electrocatalytic process for carbon dioxide conversion includes combining a Catalytically Active Element and a Helper Polymer in the presence of carbon dioxide, allowing a reaction to proceed to produce a reaction product, and applying electrical energy to said reaction to achieve electrochemical conversion of said carbon dioxide reactant to said reaction product. The Catalytically Active Element can be a metal in the form of supported or unsupported particles or flakes with an average size between 0.6 nm and 100 nm. The reaction products comprise at least one of CO, HCO.sup.-, H.sub.2CO, (HCO.sub.2).sup.-, H.sub.2CO.sub.2, CH.sub.3OH, CH.sub.4, C.sub.2H.sub.4, CH.sub.3CH.sub.2OH, CH.sub.3COO.sup.-, CH.sub.3COOH, C.sub.2H.sub.6, (COOH).sub.2, (COO.sup.-).sub.2, and CF.sub.3COOH.
Masel, Richard I. (Boca Raton, FL), Salehi-Khojin, Amin (Chicago, IL), Kutz, Robert (Boca Raton, FL)
15/ 400,712
January 6, 2017
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0009] This invention was made, at least in part, with U.S. government support under U.S. Department of Energy Grant DE-SC0004453 and by ARPA-E under ARPA-E Contract Nos. DE-AR-0000345 and DE-AR0000684. The government has certain rights in the invention.